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Dr. Mani

Dr.Mani is actively engaged in spreading awareness about congenital heart disease (CHD) and fundraising to sponsor heart surgery for under-privileged children in India. An ardent group of volunteers and donors have embraced this noble purpose that is bigger than any individual or group, and grown it into a global movement that has touched and saved the lives of 87 little children. You can help too. Learn how at

How To Get That Darn Article Finished

November 12, 2012 3:46 pm Published by 18 Comments

One of EJ’s most popular guest columnists, Dr. Mani, has popped back in to submit this article. Take it away Dr. Mani…

Picture me sitting in front of my computer, writing this article.

The phone rings. I answer. It’s my friend. He’s moving, and wants some advice. For 5 minutes, we discuss his plans. Then I hang up, and return … Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance Of Taking Time To Relax

December 30, 2011 9:00 am Published by 19 Comments

We’ve all bought into the dream.

You know the one. With the attractive pictures. Of you (or me) sipping a pina colada, resting on the beach, while cash pours into our bank accounts because we run an auto-pilot home business on the Internet.

We’ve all realized it isn’t as rosy a dream to live through.

Reality bites. Early. Web … Read the rest of this entry »

What Made You Start A Business?

December 16, 2011 9:00 am Published by 30 Comments

The morning I decided to write about this subject, I saw a post on one of the popular discussion forums.

It was from someone who had invested quite a bit of time and effort into building his online business, was nearing the point where it could start being profitable, but was running short of energy and inspiration to keep going.… Read the rest of this entry »

7 Profit Boosting Tips That Convert Browsers Into Buyers

November 10, 2011 9:00 pm Published by 26 Comments

I often invite my email subscribers to read posts on – and some of them are a little surprised when they read mine.

One wrote yesterday asking this question:

“Dr. Mani, I’ve read a few of your columns, and notice that most of them deal with mindset and attitude rather than the ‘how-to’ style teaching that your typical emails

Read the rest of this entry »

How To Be The Best At Everything You Do

October 13, 2011 10:39 am Published by 52 Comments

“Be The Best – At Everything You Do”

Every single time I’ve said this to someone, they come back with an argument:

“But how can I be the best in the world at everything? Or even anything?”

I then explain and clarify:

“I never said ‘best in the world’. I only said ‘be the best’.

So, what’s the difference?… Read the rest of this entry »

1,000 True Fans – Still Relevant?

October 5, 2011 9:57 am Published by 18 Comments

I remember my first business plan.

Well, to be honest, it wasn’t much of a business plan, because in 1995, I knew next to nothing about ‘business’. After reading an article about how critical it was to have one, I put pen to paper and jotted down some notes to myself. And then, I plugged numbers into a template.

For … Read the rest of this entry »

Can Your Online Business Survive Without You?

September 29, 2011 11:44 pm Published by 19 Comments

“The strange thing is that everyday, we see people dying – but don’t actually believe we will.” – Anonymous

We read about it in the newspapers. We hear it on the news. We see it on television. Sudden, unexpected death. Caused by accidents, disasters, and disease.

Yet until it strikes close to home, we tend to filter it out through … Read the rest of this entry »

How To Become An Expert

August 10, 2011 11:50 am Published by 17 Comments

Everyone wants to be an expert. Nothing wrong with that.

The problem is that many want to become an expert overnight!

Now that may be possible in very narrowly defined niches, but even there the desirability of such ‘expertise’ is in question. We all know and respect experts as having had long, immersive and intense knowledge and experience with a … Read the rest of this entry »

Why Some People Succeed Against All Odds

July 27, 2011 10:00 am Published by 27 Comments

“Every dream will be challenged!”

These powerful words from a mentor of mine have been burned in fire into my memory. Rarely, a dream or goal comes true easily and effortlessly, without delays, problems or hurdles. It is far more common, however, that you have to overcome many obstacles and suffer some pain before achieving any meaningful target.

And the … Read the rest of this entry »

How To Be Happy – All The Time

July 20, 2011 9:33 am Published by 36 Comments

Before writing this post, I was unhappy. A lot had happened in the hour since I woke up in the morning!

Then I said to myself, “If you’re going to write about always being happy, why not try out what you’re telling others to do?”

So I did. It worked. I felt happy.

And then, I sat down to write … Read the rest of this entry »

5 Effective Reading Strategies For The Busy Entrepreneur

July 13, 2011 11:07 am Published by 18 Comments

Entrepreneurs are often curious, passionate workaholics. Yes, that’s a generalization – but often true.

We want to learn more about things – our business, our world, our customers, our industry, our marketplace, our technology and other stuff.

And we each have our preferred ways of staying up to date. Watching TV. Listening to the radio. Reading books. Subscribing to magazines. … Read the rest of this entry »

How Entrepreneurs Adapt To Change

June 14, 2011 9:21 pm Published by 14 Comments

Nostalgia is a wistful yearning for the past, an almost childish desire to have the world unchanged, constant, secure as it once used to be. It’s an emotion most of us feel for different things – but that can be deadly and dangerous for an entrepreneur to feel about business.

Because change is constant in a business environment.

Being willing, … Read the rest of this entry »

Success – How Badly Do You Want It?

April 20, 2011 11:29 pm Published by 20 Comments

“Know what you want – and get it”
- Sushmita Sen, Miss.Universe, 1994

‘Take what you want, and pay for it’ says God
- Old Spanish proverb

The Secret Of Success

I’m going to tell you a little story.

It’s about a man who wanted to know the secret of success, and decided to find out from a Guru.

Now … Read the rest of this entry »

What Drives You To Do What You Do?

April 6, 2011 8:00 am Published by 51 Comments

Every morning, we wake up and get ready to do some things. Often those things revolve around our job, our business or our hobbies.

Day after day, week after week, year after year, we do them. Why? What drives you to do what you do?

Sometimes it is necessity. Sometimes it is passion. Even curiosity, compulsion or coercion. But when … Read the rest of this entry »

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